Wendy Everett, ScD
With a breadth of health care experience spanning several decades, Dr. Wendy Everett was chosen to oversee the formation of NEHI in 2002 as its first president. Along with NEHI’s founders, Dr. Everett’s vision was to create an independent, research-based organization that convened diverse members of the health care industry to achieve the common goal of addressing the most urgent health care issues.
Under her leadership, this vision has resulted in ground breaking research on medical innovation, patient safety, health care spending and health care information technology, and has influenced significant national policy changes. Dr. Everett works with public and private policymakers to translate NEHI’s research findings into long-term solutions that improve health care quality and lower health care costs.
Previously, Dr. Everett held executive positions at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She has directed national demonstration programs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundations. In the mid-1990s, she was Director of the Institute for the Future, leading the Health and Health Care research team and overseeing the creation of ten-year, national forecasts in health and health care.
In addition, she has served on the boards of many philanthropic foundations and non-profit organizations. Dr. Everett earned two bachelor of science degrees and she holds master’s and doctoral degrees in health policy and management from Harvard University.
Valerie Fleishman provides the strategic and operational direction for NEHI. As Executive Director, she oversees the institute’s policy research, programs, operations, fundraising and communications. Under her leadership, NEHI's programs seek to improve chronic illness care, promote disease prevention and wellness, and speed the adoption of valuable innovations across the health care system. She has authored numerous reports, articles and briefs on a wide range of health policy issues.
Ms. Fleishman joined NEHI at its founding in 2002. She has over fifteen years’ experience in health care, health policy, technology and innovation. Prior to joining NEHI, Ms. Fleishman was a director in Health and Wellness at Scient Corporation, where she led strategic consulting engagements with leading biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical clients in areas such as telemedicine, disease management, health information technology, clinical trials, and sales and marketing strategies.
Previously, Ms. Fleishman was a manager in Arthur D. Little's Global Strategy Practice. She also worked in product management and brand marketing at Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Products.
Ms. Fleishman received her bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Harvard University and her master of business administration from the Harvard Business School. In 2008, she was honored as one of Boston’s "40 under 40" by the Boston Business Journal.
Sheila K. Fifer, PhD
Sheila Fifer is a senior advisor for NEHI, working on the FAST (Fast Adoption of Significant Technologies) Initiative. She is a member of Mercer-Marsh's National Panel of Senior Healthcare Advisors where she is involved in projects concerning employer’s management of health care costs and employer benefits. She also serves as Panel Member for the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF).
Dr. Fifer founded the Technology Assessment Group (TAG). As president and board chairman, she directed its expansion to multiple US and Canadian offices and opened an office in Oxford, England to manage a practice in international trials and studies. The firm conducted economic, reimbursement, survey, quality of life, outcomes assessment, and health-policy research and designed disease management interventions.
She consults for biotech and pharma firms on product market research and product valuation through outcomes research strategies, and for wellness firms in patient support services. Dr. Fifer began her career in government where she worked at the Congressional Budget Office and other policy and research organizations. She completed her bachelor of arts at Brown University, and obtained both her master of arts and doctorate of philosophy in Public Policy at the University of Virginia, Woodrow Wilson School of Government.
Nick King works to bring NEHI’s vision to the professional world and the public. He focuses on promoting, publicizing, and getting media coverage for NEHI’s reports and initiatives, and on making sure that NEHI connects with our broad membership base. He also works to make sure that NEHI’s reports reach health care policy makers.
Mr. King brings extensive experience in journalism and communications - including writing, editing and strategic planning - to his role at NEHI. He comes to NEHI from the Boston Globe, where he held a series of increasingly high-level positions over 30 years, including editor of the newspaper’s opinion page, editor of the Globe’s special sections and editor of the Boston Globe Magazine In 1975, he was a member of the Globe team covering the school busing crisis in Boston, for which the paper received the Pulitzer Prize for public service.
Mr. King graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts in English.
Tom Hubbard leads NEHI’s projects on comparative effectiveness research, patient medication adherence, and prevention and wellness initiatives. Mr. Hubbard leverages his policy and technology experience to examine ways the country’s health care system can be transformed, focusing on the promotion of medical innovation and the improvement of quality and efficiency in clinical care.
Mr. Hubbard came to NEHI after seven years at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), where he led industry-focused projects and supervised the annual publication of the MTC Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy. His work has included supervising the I-495 Technology Corridor Partnership, an industry-municipal collaboration on growth, and leading projects on broadband deployment, federal research funding advocacy, and nanotechnology.
Previously, Mr. Hubbard served as Executive Assistant for Economic Affairs to U.S. Senator John Kerry, as Deputy Director of Development for Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and as Director of Community Development and Planning for the City of Gardner, Massachusetts.
Mr. Hubbard graduated from Harvard College and holds a masters in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Erin Zuena Bartolini
Erin Zuena Bartolini undertakes the day-to-day research, analysis and policy activities in NEHI’s high priority program areas.
Prior to joining NEHI, Ms. Bartolini worked as a Consultant in the Health Care and Life Science Strategy and Operations Practice at Deloitte Consulting. She served clients from across the health care industry on various health reform-related engagements. Previously, Ms. Bartolini was a Research Associate at Genzyme Corporation where she developed cell lines and assays for manufacturing and gained a deep understanding of research and development. She also held graduate internships in global pricing strategy at Genzyme Corporation and clinical business development at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Ms. Bartolini holds her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health.
Andrea Gerstenberger does program development and grantwriting for NEHI, working with staff to identify and partner with funders in pursuit of NEHI’s goals of enabling innovation, improving quality and lowering health care costs.
Dr. Gerstenberger’s experience includes developing research and pilot projects for the University of California system in her role as director of planning and program development in the Division of Health Sciences and Services of the UC Office of the President. Prior to this, she served as a senior program officer at the California HealthCare Foundation and as a program officer in the Research and Evaluation Unit at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At each foundation Dr. Gerstenberger developed and managed initiatives aimed at improving care delivery and self-direction for elders in managed care, adults and children with special health care needs and persons with co-occurring behavioral and physical health needs. She also developed research projects in chronic care, home care and the health of urban youth. In addition to her work with NEHI, Dr. Gerstenberger currently consults with organizations working on payment and delivery system reform projects funded by the Maine Health Access Foundation and others.
Dr. Gerstenberger holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Lawrence University and a doctorate of science in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Pamela Milton is the administrative genius behind NEHI’s success. She works in a variety of areas and oversees recruiting, training and supervising administrative help, administration of benefits, vendor relations and space management. She also works with outside experts to arrange meetings and conferences.
Ms. Milton has extensive administrative, finance, technology, and office management experience in both non-profit and educational organizations. Prior to joining NEHI, she served as Senior Executive Assistant to the President of Citizens International, the non-profit energy services consulting firm headed by former U.S. Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II. Ms. Milton also served as the Senior Staff Accountant to the Chief Financial Officer at Citizens Energy Corporation. Her positions at Citizens required a great deal of contact in the U.S. and abroad with foundations, ambassadors, ministers and presidential offices.
Before joining Citizens, Ms. Milton served as the Senior Staff Accountant for Arichelle Technologies and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. She is also a five-time United States Dance and Figure Skating Champion and Gold Medalist.
Ashton Kennedy joined the NEHI program team to support the research, analysis, and reporting of critical issues in health policy.
Prior to joining NEHI, Ms. Kennedy was a Junior Analyst at The Trout Group, an investor relations firm that works with small biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. In this role she provided assistance with daily office operations including compiling briefing documents and reports for clients, planning client-investor meetings and reporting on conferences. Prior to Trout, Ms. Kennedy completed three summer internships for the government affairs department of Boehringer-Ingelheim, a pharmaceutical company, where she was responsible for examining, updating and presenting on state and local and national health care legislation, Congressional hearings and other events and conferences.
Ms. Kennedy graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a bachelor of science in political science with a concentration in public policy and administration. She is a member of the National Political Science Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha) and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Rebecca Paradis supports NEHI’s program team by assisting with day-to-day research, analysis, and policy events in NEHI’s high-priority program areas.
Prior to joining NEHI, Ms. Paradis was an intern in the office of Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, where she performed research on legislative issues and assisted with casework. Ms. Paradis was also a development intern for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a non-profit policy institute, where she conducted research and assisted fundraising efforts.
Ms. Paradis earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics from Clark University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration focused in Health Systems Administration through Clark University’s Accelerated Fifth Year Program. Ms. Paradis is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Pi Sigma Alpha – American Political Science Association.
Rachel Rampino supports NEHI’s communications team, managing social media, developing collateral and marketing materials and assisting with event planning.
Prior to joining NEHI, Ms. Rampino was an assistant in the Tufts University Advancement Communications Department, where she helped to produce content and analyze data on the university’s publications. Ms. Rampino brings writing and communications experience to NEHI from her positions as an editor for the Tufts Daily newspaper, a press intern in the Office of Governor Deval Patrick and as an interning reporter for the St. Thomas Source, a local newspaper in her hometown in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ms. Rampino was also a customer service representative for Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas, where she addressed the needs of elite clientele and was instrumental in running operations.
Ms. Rampino earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University.
Abby Place supports the NEHI team with the planning of NEHI's signature events and expert roundtables.
Prior to joining NEHI, Ms. Place was a corporate communications assistant at Sanofi, where her work focused on enhancing internal communications for the Biosurgery group. Ms. Place has extensive digital marketing experience from her past positions as an associate account manager at Adobe and online audience development assistant at the Massachusetts Medical Society. Her work at Sanofi and the Massachusetts Medical Society sparked her passion for working in the health care industry.
Ms. Place is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing concentration and minors in political science and political communications from Northeastern University.
Sanja Mutabdzija provides administrative support to NEHI's executive staff, bringing ten years of experience to the office.
Prior to joining NEHI Ms. Mutabdzija worked as an Executive Assistant to Tom Jones of NYC. She planned and executed all aspects of a major office headquarter move. She reduced staff turnover by implementing several well-received team and morale-building programs. Ms. Mutabdzija also developed, implemented and monitored programs to maximize productivity and client satisfaction.
Ms. Mutabdzija holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations from Emerson College. She received an Associated Press Academic Achievement Award for her feature story on "Homelessness Today".
Lili Wondwossen supports NEHI’s communications team in its day-to-day activities by conducting media outreach, working on web and collateral development and contributing to social media.
Prior to joining NEHI, Ms. Wondwossen was an intern in obstetrics and gynecology at the Boston Medical Center, where she developed a website for the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights.
Ms. Wondwossen is currently a Senior Coordinator for the Boston University Admissions Student Diversity Board (ASDB), which actively recruits students from multicultural communities. Ms. Wondwossen works with admissions to increase enrollment through outreach and to enrich the experience of students by organizing events. She is also currently completing her practicum at The ReSPECT Registry at Boston Medical Center where she uses her communication skills to recruit patients for research studies.
Ms. Wondwossen is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health science with a concentration in public health at Boston University.